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Docomomo Tour Day: The 'Heights' of Modern Architecture


Albuquerque isn't a destination that comes to mind when one thinks of modernism. During the city's rapid expansion in the 1950's and 60's, however, not all local architects chose to design exclusively in the Southwest vernacular. Some instead preferred modern styles, methods, and materials. As a result, there are pockets of modern buildings throughout Albuquerque. This walking tour focuses on a very visible stretch of them that runs along or parallel to Central Avenue, a road many still refer to as Route 66. This area became known by city residents in the mid-century era as the Northeast Heights.

From an award-winning brutalist motor bank to the site of the world's first active solar heating system, this 2-hour, extended spin on Retrograde Tours' Hairpin Legs tour will introduce you to modern architecture in Albuquerque with some surprise interior access. The walking tour route will be an approximately 1.25-mile one-way trek.